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Harris: We are not without hope on gun reform

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Presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) called for decisive congressional action on gun control Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” after two shootings in a 24-hour period killed nearly 30 people in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

“I know there’s been a lot of conversations this morning about many things but, you know, the reality is that we are not without hope on this issue.  We’re without action.  And you know, leaders got to lead.  In particular when our babies, when our children are living in fear. And they are,” Harris told CNN’s Jake Tapper.

Harris repeated her pledge to take executive action on gun control if Congress fails to act within the first 100 days to implement universal background checks.

Harris also said the case illustrated the need to devote more resources to combating domestic terrorism. The suspect in the El Paso shooting has been linked to a racist, anti-immigrant manifesto published online shortly before he opened fire in a Walmart, killing at least 20.

{mosads}“When we’re talking about domestic terrorism, we also have to recognize that, under this administration, they have not been putting the resources into investigating and dealing with these cases as they are, what they are, which is, to your point, domestic terrorism,” Harris said.

“And so there also has to be some accountability by this administration to take these cases seriously and call them what they are,” she added.

Echoing other Democratic presidential hopefuls, Harris said President Trump’s rhetoric on immigration and race has exacerbated racial divisions in the U.S.

We have a current President of the United States who does not understand the responsibility that comes with the office, which is to be a leader on every level, including encouraging, challenging us to be our best selves,” she said.

“Instead, we have an occupant in the White House in Donald Trump who completely and continuously goes to the lowest common denominator.  So, yes, I believe there’s consequence to his words,” she added.

 

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